The Iveco Vertis was developed entirely in Brazil and is aimed at those who are looking for a versatile medium duty truck. The Iveco Vertis has a cab-over configuration and it’s powered by a modern engine which offers low fuel consumption and is produced by Fiat Powertrain Technologies in Sete Lagoas.
The Iveco Vertis was launched on the Latin American market in 2010 and features a catchy design that also served as a base for the new Leoncino LCV presented in 2011.
The Vertis cab features an aerodynamic style with large air intakes and the large Iveco badge in the centre. The vehicle was developed on a platform of Iveco joint venture in China and integrated with European technologies. It is available in two versions (9 and 13 tons) and is offered with 1 year full warrantee for the entire vehicle plus an extra year for the drive line.
In the latest years Iveco has made a big step forward in terms of design and the new Vertis looks fairly modern with an attractive style that has the potential to stand out from the crowd.
The front is dominated by a typical Iveco “V” shaped grille which sets the tone for a dynamic style that is also enhanced by the modern headlights and the heavily raked windscreen.
The wraparound bumper continues the bold design initiated by the grille and it’s fitted with a big central air intake and two small rectangular fog lamps.
The ground clearance is pretty low which permits you to get in and out of the cab pretty easy. Moreover, we also like the ergonomically placed footsteps and the convenient grab handles which will assist you all the way up.
The lateral windows have received a modern design too and the doors are traversed by a small curved crease enhancing the unique appearance of the truck.
The Iveco Vertis is also fitted with a standard sun visor which features and aggressive design and gels great with the rest of the cab.
Once inside you’re rewarded with a royal amount of space. The cabin offers an airy feel which is enhanced by the panoramic windscreen and the generous door windows that also offer an excellent all-around visibility.
The materials are better than expected and even if they still remain a half step behind the models from Scania, Volvo or Mercedes, they still look and feel pretty nice.
While the overall build quality isn’t exactly top notch we continue to be impressed by the great ergonomy that dominates the entire cab.
All controls are placed within easy reach and the center console has also an intuitive layout. The instrument cluster features a modern design and it’s easy to read during both night and day, while the gear knob falls fairly easy into hand.
We also like the modern design of the three spoke steering wheel which is offered with tilt and telescopic adjustments improving the overall comfort.
Up front there is space for up to three people and the driver’s seat offers proper back and under thigh support being also available with a bunch of adjustments to permit you to get cozy behind the steering wheel. You won’t complain about storage either as there are plenty of cup holders, cubby holes and consoles to keep you things.
The optional features include MP3 CD player, air conditioning and power windows.
Engines and performance
Under the cab, the truck is equipped with a Euro III Iveco NEF-4, 4-cylinder intercooled turbo engine with a capacity of 3.9 liters offered with electronic management and common rail type injection.
This is the same unit used for all the medium duty trucks sold by the company on the European markets and has already proven its value and reliability. The engine is available in two power outputs with 154 hp or 173 hp. The company said that the engine is also ready to meet the requirements of Euro V emission regulations.
The 4-cylinder engine is married to a ZF transmission which offers a proper response and can deal great with the utilitarian character of the truck.
Iveco Vertis Engines Specifications
|Model||hp @ rpm||Nm @ rpm|
|9 tonnes||154 @ 2500||530 @ 1400|
|13 tonnes||173 @ 2500||590 @ 1400|
Ride and handling
The Iveco Vertis uses Dana front axles and Meritor rear axles with semielliptical leaf springs, shock absorbers and stabiliser bar. Despite its rugged character, the Iveco Vertis is still able to offer a pretty pliant ride and keeps most of the road bumps outside the cab. The cab isolation is also pretty good and you’re not disturbed by wind noise or engine vibrations.
Thanks to its cab over engine configuration the Vertis is very easy to drive around town and we also like its precise steering. Though, the steering is a bit too light for our taste and could’ve come with a better road feedback.
The stopping power isn’t something to rave as the truck is fitted with all around disc brakes.
With its new Vertis, Iveco has entered into the highly competitive segment of medium duty vehicles which currently represent approximately 20% of the Brazilian truck market.
The Vertis has a solid pedigree and it can stack up against its rivals with confidence. Its exterior design is among the most attractive styles you’ll find on today’s market and even if the interior build quality isn’t exactly top notch, the cabin offers a good ergonomy and it’s fairly spacious and practical.
The engines aren’t the strongest units you’ll find around, but they are pretty efficient and won’t let you down in any situation.
The ride and handling are average, but we would’ve liked to see disc brakes at least for the front axle and not only drums all around.